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“Be Part of Something Big!” Curriculum

This curriculum guide, produced by Maryland DNR, is designed for Grades 3-8 and provides educators and students the opportunity to gain hands-on experiences with water quality monitoring. This series of activities is designed to help your class or student group learn more about the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. Topics addressed defining and identifying watersheds, the Chesapeake Bay and its tributary streams and rivers, problems associated with excess nutrients, chemical and biological characteristics of stream, and how to assess the health of a local stream. The curriculum guide also includes action strategies students can take to improve water quality in their local streams, and ultimately, the Chesapeake Bay such as trash clean ups, stream buffer plantings, and personal conservation measures. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Water Quality Monitoring Nutrients Toxics Sediments Rivers and Streams Agriculture Forests Urban / Suburban
  • Subject(s): Science, Social Studies
  • Type(s): Curriculum Guide, Lessons and Activities
  • Aligned with the following standards: Maryland
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“On the Air” Curriculum Units 1-7

The On the Air curriculum facilitates the understanding of air pollution by studying: Criteria Air Pollutants, the Air Quality Index, Ozone, Particulate Matter, the Health Effects of Air Pollution, Community Sources and Solutions of Air Pollution and Climate Change. Each unit consists of the following: activity description, curricular ties, time needed, learning objectives, materials needed (kit), teacher preparation, teacher background reading, teacher demonstration procedures, activity procedures, technology connections, student handout, student packets and student worksheets. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Air Pollution Atmosphere Climate
  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Technology
  • Type(s): Curriculum Guide, Lessons and Activities
  • Level(s): Middle School
  • Aligned with the following standards: Maryland Virginia District of Columbia
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300 Million Reasons Lesson

Students diagram news articles to discover "300 million reasons" why population issues matter in the United States. By completing this lesson, students will be able to identify news articles that present population-related issues and analyze the content of news articles and diagrams to determine cause-and-effect relationships and solutions to local challenges. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Population
  • Subject(s): Science, Social Studies
  • Type(s): Lessons and Activities
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A Beautiful World Starts With You

This activity booklet contains five pages of coloring and energy conservation activities from Energy Star and the EPA. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Climate
  • Subject(s): Art
  • Type(s): Books and Publications, Lessons and Activities
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A Changing Landscape Poster

This poster will show your students how Jamestown has changed over the years. Launch Resource

Topic(s): John Smith and Colonial Times Wastewater and Stormwater
  • Subject(s): Social Studies
  • Type(s): Posters and Maps
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A Family Perspective Lesson

Students chart family-size trends over several generations and discuss factors that influence family-size decision-making. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Population
  • Subject(s): Mathematics, Science, Social Studies
  • Type(s): Lessons and Activities
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A Hill of Beans Lesson

Students compare the lifetime use of resources of an average American, an average human, and an average person from one of the poorest nations in the world, Malawi. By completing this lesson, students will be able to compare demographic statistics, understand "averages," and interpret the social and economic significance of disparities in quality of life indicators. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Government Population
  • Subject(s): Mathematics, Social Studies
  • Type(s): Lessons and Activities
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A Journey with H2O Coloring Book

This educational coloring book from the U.S. Geological Survey guides students through the path of a raindrop. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Wastewater and Stormwater Rivers and Streams Geosphere Hydrosphere
  • Subject(s): Art, Science
  • Type(s): Books and Publications, Lessons and Activities
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A River Runs Through It Lesson

Students will explore the impact land use can have on rivers by assessing the impact of a variety of land use scenarios on the health of an imaginary river. They will recommend changes that reduce the impact that each land use scenario has on the river and assess the impact of land use in their schoolyard. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Agriculture Nutrients Sediments Wastewater and Stormwater Forests Urban / Suburban
  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science, Social Studies
  • Type(s): Lessons and Activities
  • Aligned with the following standards: Virginia
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A Salty Experiment Lesson

This experiment teaches students about how salt and fresh water in a typical estuary layer and mix. Though this activity was designed for the New Jersey Harbor Estuary Education Program, the properties it described are relevant for the Chesapeake Bay. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Water Quality Monitoring Hydrosphere
  • Subject(s): Science
  • Type(s): Lessons and Activities
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